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Understanding Evil

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Brainwashing

Many people still consider what is being seen on television to be reality. They are hooked into the information stream that shuts them off from the rest of the world and allows them to ignore the fundamental questions of existence. The television can convince people that the US needs to bomb Iran to stop Al-Qaeda. It lets a man know that buying his wife a Mercedes-Benz will make her love him. It can inform the masses that Britney Spears has somehow messed up again, and that they should feel better about their lives instead of pitying hers. This devil box tells a person how to think, what to buy, how to feel, what is popular, what is funny, who is important, what love is, etc. People accept these pieces of information as the realities of their lives. This is the collective (un)consciousness of the “American public” and it is frightening.

The imprinting starts early. A baby does not naturally want to watch TV, eat meat, fight, speak English, work in an office building, live in a mansion, wear fancy clothes, or talk on a cell-phone. In many indigenous cultures, the job of raising children is expertly performed by the family and community. This is obviously not the case in the “civilized” world, as the federal government determines the “important” lessons of life.

Through even a cursory study of psychology, one quickly sees just how dangerous this knowledge of the human mind can be when it is used against people. How sick it is that innocent babies are being raised only to be exploitable by classifiable sociopaths. Serial killers, school shootings, and epidemic depression are all symptoms of this brainwashing. Drug companies will claim to have the cure as they pedal their wares. It is sometimes difficult to understand and accept, but the brainwashed are not inherently evil. They have just become very attached to their illusory lives.

Fortunately, there are many fierce intellectuals who are willing to combat this evil. They cannot, in good conscience, let this travesty continue unabated. Because of independent sites like this one, the quality of journalism, on the whole, has been vastly improved around the world. More and more people are joining the ranks of the unbelievers who source their information rather than openly accept it from the government’s feeding tubes. The 911 Truth Movement, the Ron Paul Revolution, and the Impeach Bush/Cheney movement are all real-life manifestations of this information awakening.

On the down side, it can be rough outside of the mainstream. One realizes that everything should be looked at with discerning eyes. As Rage Against the Machine so eloquently stated, the powers that be “bury the past, rob us blind, and leave nothing behind.” But now with the internet, it is easier to explore many the different versions of humanity and examine the similarities between cultures and times. Despite superficial differences, the structure of domination has been strikingly similar throughout the ages - pyramidal. The human mind has been put into a terrible condition of subjugation through physical domination and psychological manipulation. Only so a few can profit from the many.

This brainwashing leaves the important questions unanswered for us: What are we? From where did we come? And where are we going?

One can have his or her beliefs, but none can actually know the entire truth of life until death lifts the veil. Science has attempted to kill the mystery, but it has never succeeded because every subject eventually spirals from illumination to darkness. People can not fully understand the true nature of the universe by prodding around in the limited dimensions of our realities.

Institutionalized Evil

This concept can be easily explained through a few terrible, but informative, studies. In the Stanford prison experiment, a group of college men were divided into a small group of prisoners in uniform and a larger group of guards with badges and sunglasses. The prisoners were kept behind bars for the duration while the guards were able to work in shifts. The study lasted only six days out of the planned fourteen because the humiliation and brutality that ensued from start quickly turned sadistic and dangerous. A devil had been realized within man under a simple set of conditions. In another experiment, Yale psychologist Stanley Milgram was able to demonstrate that humans would choose to inflict pain upon a peer just because an authority figure had told them to do so. Apparently good people were easily manipulated to perform an evil task because they have been taught to obey authority.

Those two experiments help explain how a few politicians are able to give the orders to kill untold masses of people. And it is how men like John McCain are able to carry out orders to incinerate many humans from their cockpits. (American writer Kurt Vonnegut died a “man without a country” because of the horrors he experienced surviving the Allied firebombing of peaceful Dresden.) Police brutality and taser deaths are just another example of how this phenomenon reveals itself in our realities. Lives should never be looked at from a distance as a statistic; this is the evil of institutions.

And now the news seems to indicate that a pre-emptive nuclear strike is imminent, as Dick Cheney bullies the United Nations and NATO into agreement. The ultimate power to instantaneously destroy millions of lives has been placed in one person’s hands. It is difficult to imagine the horror that will ensue from such an act of evil. This would certainly be the largest human sacrifice ever performed in a single day.

Yet the news of our important issues is covered up by the death of a celebrity and the insignificant injury of a quarterback. I do pity the loss of the fine actor and a seemingly fine man, but there are really so many more lives at stake for Mr. Ledger’s picture to be the lead of any respectable publication. Young women who would have once worshipped God are currently mourning over the loss of an idol. Men concern themselves as to whether Tom Brady will be healthy enough to best the Giants again. The gossip and rumors will swirl, but in the end, none of it will ever matter. False idols are deified in the public consciousness and this allows people to forget all about the atrocities that are occurring not only all around world, but also right outside their own doors. The rich are getting richer, the police are getting more aggressive, and everyone else is becoming more destitute in wealth and spirit. Only a few seem to listen and even fewer seem to care.

Welcome to the “New World”


Satan

(An updated version of a classic can serve as enlightening background noise for this section.)

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